News from Mrs. Drudy 12/15/2015

"We exist so children can excel."

What We're Learning in Challenge

Both Classes: Biography Timelines

Students have been enjoying sharing their timelines with their peers this week. I am consistently amazed at the creativity of these children. It's so interesting to see the rich and varied approaches that they've embraced as they tell the scope and sequence of their selected person's life. Once again, I thank you for the role that you played in seeing that your child completed this independent reading activity. You are appreciated.

3-4 Challenge

We are wrapping up The House Without a Christmas Tree and will be comparing and contrasting the father/daughter relationship with that in Because of Winn-Dixie. This activity meets the following Indiana Academic Standard:

  • "Combine information from two texts on the same topic in order to demonstrate knowledge about the subject."

Additionally, students will be viewing the video of The House Without a Christmas Tree in an effort to meet the following standard:
  • "Describe how visual and multimedia presentations and representations can enhance the meaning of a text."

Sadly, we bid farewell to our Challenge classmate, Gia Little, on Friday. She leaves us to attend Batesville Elementary. We will certainly miss this quiet prolific writer.

5-6 Challenge

We are working hard toward wrapping up Esperanza Rising before Christmas break. Meaningful discussions have resulted from the following instructional strategies: Pair-A-Dice processing, Your Number's Up, and Milling to Music. Be sure to ask your child about these multiple intellegence-based instructional strategies. Additionally, as we examined our newest edition of SCOPE Magazine, ask your child where he or she stood on the debate "Should kids get paid to do chores?"

These collaborative learning structures meet the following Indiana Academic Standards:

  • "Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on grade-appropriate topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing personal ideas clearly."

Notes from the Teacher

Spirit Week (Continued)

We will continue with our Spirit Week theme days for the following:

Wednesday: Mt. Carmel/Franklin County/School Spirit Day

Thursday: PJ Day

Friday: Christmas Colors/Ugly Sweater Day

Students can dress up for one canned good item each day.

All donations will be donated to Harvest Time Storehouse.

Coming Up:

December 18th: 2nd Nine Weeks A.R. points due

December 21-January 1st: Christmas Break